Resistant Materials & Graphic Products

At Key Stage 3 the pupils are taught the national curriculum through projects which combine Resistant Materials and Graphic Products, although this divides into two separate GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11.

Resistant Materials and Graphic Products are inspiring, rigorous and practical subjects. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Key equipment

All equipment is provided at Key Stage 3.


Homework is generally set every other lesson in years 7, 8 and 9, however in year 9, extended pieces of research homework may be set which will take several weeks to complete.

Year 7

In year 7, pupils gain an appreciation of working safely.  The projects also help them gain confidence and experience in the use of basic workshop tools, equipment and processes.

Year 8

In year 8, pupils build on their knowledge and skills from year 7 and begin putting their experience into practise to design and make products for specific target markets.

Year 9

In year 9, the pupils work independently to research a design era on which to base their ideas for a new trophy.  The pupils use their knowledge from years 7 and 8 to choose their own materials and production processes.  The pupils also have a ‘taster’ project of the Graphic Products and Resistant Materials GCSE courses, to help them make informed decisions for years 10 and 11.

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